By Rose Anne Dela Cruz
THE Philippine National Police is ready for the estimated 29 million students who will go back to school this year.
PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde, in a press conference Monday, said he has already issued the operational guidelines for “Ligtas Balik Eskwela 2018,” the mobilization plan to all police regional offices and national support units for the opening of school year 2018-2019. The guidelines includes specific tasks and coordinating instructions to implement the nationwide security and public safety plan.
Albayalde, at the same time, said the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education are assured of the availability and operational readiness of PNP units, personnel and resources for security and public safety operations.
An estimated 29 million students in different levels are expected to troop to schools for the simultaneous opening of classes in both public and private institutions come June 4.
The country’s top cop said incident of crimes such as pickpocket, snatching, swindling, robbery and street level drug trafficking are of priority concern of the PNP.
Furthermore, Albayalde said the police in the vicinity of schools were also instructed to watch out muggers and violent street gangs that may infiltrate ranks of students. He added that police assistance desk will also be setup in schools all over the country to assist victims of bullying.
Meanwhile, 47 schools in Marawi City will also open for students who will go back this school year following the devastation the five month siege by the Maute terrorist group.
Albayalde said there is nothing to fear as the police chief of Marawi is in control of the situation. He added that aside from the PNP, the Armed forces of the Philippines are in full force providing security in the area.